Oil on Canvas
(undated but probably 1919)
young Otto Mueller studied at the art academies of Dresden
and Munich, but was largely self-trained. In the early 1900's
he came under the sway of Art Nouveau, Symbolism, and Impressionism.
In 1908 he moved to Berlin where he was drawn to the expressionists,
joining Die Brücke ("The Bridge"), in 1910.
served in the army from 1916 to 1918, when he developed
pneumonia and was relieved from further service. His art
seemed untouched by the horrors of war, and he continued
where he left off once out of the conflict - painting primitive
portraits and landscapes. In 1919 he joined the radical
Arbeitsrats für Kunst, which sought to pass on the
goals of the socialist November revolution to the world